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Old 02-03-2009, 08:17 AM
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Painting Dimensions

Is there a standard way that your painting size is listed? height x width or w x ht?
I've looked in art magazines and I saw h x w but it varies in other places. One person told me since he reads from left to right it should be width first. Thanks. Carol
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Re: Painting Dimensions

I've seen it written both ways. I usually just put the smaller number first on size because it reads easier for me. The dimension usually goes last because it isn't primary information needed to get an idea of size for the painting. I don't think there is an actual standard though.
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Re: Painting Dimensions

There is no standard as far as I am aware.
I normally use HXW for art in portrait format and WXH for art in landscape format.This seems to be the more usual way.
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Re: Painting Dimensions

I generally list WxH, but almost always there's an image of the painting or the painting itself that makes it obvious which is which. Nobody has complained, so it must be OK, right?

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Re: Painting Dimensions

As long as it is either obvious or shown as hxw or wxh dont think it matters.
Right whichever way
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Re: Painting Dimensions

Related to this question is displaying cm and in. Again there is no standard?
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Re: Painting Dimensions

Generally, I've seen that artists will use the system of measure that's standard for their country. I'm from America, and I wouldn't be able to tell you what a centimeter is from a hole in the wall, so inches it will be. If you live and think metrically, you should use that. No matter what, a significant number of people will have to translate to what they understand anyway. Part of dealing globally, IMO.

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